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Lives of Celebrated Women

Lives of Celebrated Women

45.00

Goodrich, S.G. Boston: J.S. Locke & Company, 1876. 352 pp. Pictorial orange cloth, stamped in black and gilt. Some light soiling to spine, head and tail of spine lightly frayed, light toning to page edges, overall very good.

A lovely later copy of Goodrich's compendium of notable ladies, including Lady Hester Stanhope, Abigail Adams, Mary Queen of Scots, and Joan of Arc to name a few. While the author (a man) asserts several times that women are probably better off staying home ("the happiness of women is generally to be found in the quiet of the domestic circle") he also concedes that they might be well-received elsewhere as well: "Was Sappho's harp, the mere echo of which has thrilled upon the ear of nearly thirty centuries, given only to be touched in the secluded harem of some Lesbian lord?" No? Yes? I mean, why not both? (362)

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